Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Gay Parade: The Last Sunday in June Raises Hot-Button Issues but Leaves Us Wanting More

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Gay Parade: The Last Sunday in June Raises Hot-Button Issues but Leaves Us Wanting More

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The Last Sunday in June * Written by Jonathan Tolins * Directed by Trip Cullman * Starring Johnathan F. McClain, Peter Smith * Century Center for the Arts, New York City (beginning April 1)

It's gay pride parade day in New York City--the last for Michael (Johnathan F. McClain) and Tom (Peter Smith), because after seven years together they're baying a house and leaving the city. Meanwhile, their Christopher Street apartment is a perfect parade-viewing perch for assorted friends, including the newly out Joe (David Turner), wisecracking-HIV-positive writer Brad (Arnie Burton), and the unimaginably ancient (he's in his 50s!) opera buff Charles (Donald Corren).

Does this soundlike every gay-guys-in-a-house play since The Boys in the Band? That's the idea. The characters in Jonathan Tolins's The Last Sunday in June joke about all the ways their party resembles a typical gas, play, complete with a cameo appearance by a shirtless hunk (Matthew Wilkas) and a theatrical truth-telling device (in this case, a noisy juicer). And as one of them says, "There's always a character who everybody hates and the audience wonders, "Who is this asshole? Why don't they ask him to leave?" That would be James (Mark Setlock), Tom's ex, author of a universally panned gay novel called Circuit Boy who announces that he's so fed up with gay life, he's marrying a female friend (Susan Pourfar). …

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